• Report: #300051
Complaint Review:

Bongous - Bongo International - Bongous.com

  • Submitted: Mon, January 14, 2008
  • Updated: Tue, August 02, 2011

  • Reported By:Bangkok Other
Bongous - Bongo International - Bongous.com
955 Connecticut Avenue 4104 Bridgeport, Connecticut U.S.A.

Bongous - Bongo International - Bongous.com Try to rip off your Credit Card information and ID. Bridgeport Connecticut

*Consumer Comment: Bongous is SCAM

*General Comment: Interesting

*Consumer Comment: I found a better service for my US Mail Forwarding

*UPDATE Employee: Rebuttal

*Author of original report: They're a SCAM service for sure.

*UPDATE Employee: RE: Internet Fraud

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They provide USA Mail Forward service and because i'm not an American so this service is useful for me to buy stuffs that just sell in USA, I signed up and provide the USPS 1583 form and everthing is just fine at the beginning.

Once I got the first package from one of my friend in USA (the sender) who use his Credit Card to buy stuff from an online shop, this service try to obtain the Credit Card information and ID of my friend by request him need to send those informations to their Email support if not they will return the stuff to the online shopping and you can image : I lost the fee for return shipping, the online shopping site can't sell the stuff that they sold, my friend lost fee on chargeback. So before sign up with this service if you're outside USA you need to obtain the USA Credit Card (it's impossible) or you will have the problem like me, but if you accept their policy who know what they do with Scans of Credit Card and ID of your friend, your cousin, your partner,... So try to stay away them if you don't want lost money for nothing.


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#1 Consumer Comment

Bongous is SCAM

AUTHOR: Koya - (Canada)

Hi everyone,

I registered here specifically to write about the Bongous SCAM... yes, it definitely is... here's my story with the:

1) I opened up a Bongous account back in March and didn't end up using it because the vendor I was trying to buy from no longer had the item in stock... I still paid the $5 charge for opening a Bongous account and I was ok with that.

2) A few days later, I figured I'll probably never need this service again so I went online and close my Bongous account - there is a form that you fill out if I recall correctly. I tried to login week after and it seems to have been closed because I could no longer login.

3) Months go by - till July - and I make an order from Amazon using the quick checkout option... I had completely forgotten to remove my Bongous address from my Amazon account and it was set as the default. I didn't notice this during the checkout at all - stupid me... 

4) I check the tracking and I notice that the items had been delivered to the US - I live in Canada. So I knew something was wrong, I investigated and realized what I had done.

5) I went onto the Bongous website and used their "live chat" thing to talk to an operator and explain my situation. She suggested that I create a new BongoUS account and they'll move my items from the old inbox to the new one and then I can have them shipped to me... 

6) I tried to create a new Bongous account and it said that my email address was in use!!! I went back and explained to her that I tried to use the same email address as I had used for my CLOSED account but it wouldn't let me. I asked her WHY they were retaining that detail for a closed account and her suggestion was to use a different email address... I didn't have another email address as that was my primary one so I insisted on reactivating my CLOSED account. She went and spoke with "management" and they agreed to reactivate my old account!

7) She said that I will still incur another $5 charge for reopening my account and that it will be charged to my VISA ON FILE!!!!!! I asked her to confirm that my credit card information was indeed on file eventhough my account had NEVER been used once and it had been closed for many months... she double checked and confirmed that that was the case!!!

8) Upon finding out that my credit card info was being retained, I didn't want them to ship the items back to me anymore and wanted the items sent back to the vendor. I obtained labels and RMA #s from the vendors and asked if I could email their management directly or get their names to ask why my credit card info was being retained indefinitely for an account I hadn't even used! She said she couldn't provide me with her manager's name!!! Then when I insisted she said Brian! I asked if he had a last name and she said she can't give me that, I said fine as long as there aren't TWO Brian in the company. I asked for his direct email address but she refused to give me that detail and said that I will need to contact their support email and indicate my Ticket #.

9) I emailed Brian from management asking him to explain why my credit card was being stored for a closed unused account and asked him to immediately remove that information from their system. 8 days go by and no reply although their automated system said that they would respond back in 1 business day.

10) I get a call from my Visa saying there are numerous possible fraud charges on my credit card and all originating from the US... one for $2.45 something and the other one is for $2500.00!!!!! Visa had already determined that those charges were fraud.... I had NOT used my Visa ANYWHERE EVER except for BongoUS so they either leaked my Visa detail or sold it to some other third party or used it themselves... I am not sure if that was because I had emailed them asking to remove my credit card info!!!! Whatever it is, I am now being issued a new Visa card and number.

11) I do not think they will EVER ship back the items to the vendors... I contacted them today via online chat and they had received my email from 8 days ago but didn't process the returns or even print the labels... I ended up with the same operator and she told me that she'll take care of the returns... I really HIGHLY doubt it since it seemed like they were trying to brush me off... I'll find out in a few weeks for sure but so far I've had nothing but a negative experience with them.

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#2 General Comment


AUTHOR: I.T. Guy - (USA)

I like this service and notice that most of the complaints are originating from highly fraudulent countries.  It's like a thief complaining about someone's house that has a burglar alarm and a watchdog. 

Just my two cents.
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#3 Consumer Comment

I found a better service for my US Mail Forwarding

AUTHOR: Crisp Sound - (U.S.A.)

I saw this report and want to ad that I found an actual business in the USA that is Approved by US Postal Services and Offered me an unmatched service and security of my parcel in addition to saving about $500 / Month in shipping charges alone! My business is benefiting from there service and you should check them out at www.getmyusmail.com they offer great shipping discount worldwide and use Neighborhood Parcel for all shipping. Take a look at them, you can not afford not to.
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#4 UPDATE Employee


AUTHOR: Bongo International - (U.S.A.)

Please note that "Peter" is not entirely certain where he is located. That said he could be from either Thailand or Vietnam which are both considered high risk countries.

If you have any questions about our service, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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#5 Author of original report

They're a SCAM service for sure.

AUTHOR: Peter - (Vietnam)

Here is the fact :

I got 2 packages from difference sellers, the first one have the billing from one of my friend in USA and the second one have the billing with my name, they request my friend provide Document (Credit Card Scan + ID) if not they will put on hold the second package too, everyone use Mail forward service can know that is the SCAM because there is no service request you provide any document beside the USPS form when you sign up to reiceive your package. So I would like to said again "Stay away from them if you don't want lost money for nothing".
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#6 UPDATE Employee

RE: Internet Fraud

AUTHOR: Bongo International - (U.S.A.)

Bongo International provides mail and parcel forwarding services specifically to international consumers that wish to purchase US goods.

Due to the high rate of credit card fraud on international transactions, it is company policy not to forward goods purchased under a name that differs from our customer's. This prevents "fraudsters" from maintaining a valid account with Bongo International and using our services to forward fraudulently purchased goods outside the US.

In situations where a party in the US purchases goods on behalf one of our customers, we request that they provide an image of their identification and credit card to confirm the purchase is not fraudulent.

It is also important to note that we offer personal shopping services whereby Bongo International will purchase goods on the behalf of our customers, so there is no need to rely on US based friends to make purchases.

We can not speak directly to this complain as we do not, nor have had, a customer with a first name of Paul from Thailand.

If you have any questions concerning our policies, please visit www.BongoUS.com.

Kind regards,

Bongo Customer Service
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